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4/5

& Co. (The Steuart)

45 Janadhipathi Mw, Colombo 1 (entrance on Hospital Ln)


&Co is a new pub and restaurant tucked in the Steuart Hotel behind Dutch Hospital. They serve up good, hefty pub fare in a spacious setting.



&Co is a new pub/restaurant just behind Dutch Hospital. The place is spacious and a great atmosphere and the food is quite good and we generally recommend checking it out... in a few days. They don't have their liquor license yet so still a bit lacking on the pub side.

The Location

The Steuart is a hotel housed in a beautiful old colonial building just between Dutch Hospital and Chatham Street. It actually has a balcony that opens onto Janadipathi Mw (across from the Central Bank), but the main entrance seems to be on Hospital Lane.

&Co is their pub/restaurant and it's on the ground floor. It's a big, handsome space, built on the old, solid bones of a venerable building. There are brick walls, hardwood floors, hardwood beams - touches you don't find in completely new buildings.

The space itself is big, seating for 100 people at a pinch we'd estimate, and there's a nice central bar. You can see it in green, at right in the photo below. But I guess everything is green. As you can guess, the place is Scottish themed.

We like the ambience. It's big, warm and yet doesn't feel empty. It's a good pub, and they're not faking it. This actually is an old building and there is classic character seeping out of the walls.

The Food

We were quite surprised at the quality and value of the food. Above is the BBQ Ribs (Rs. 1,600). For that amount you get a good hunk of ribs. We split this among two and I still couldn't finish my end. Tasty ribs also, meaty, a nice sweet BBQ sauce. Even the cole slaw was a bit different and nice (purple cabbage). If I was having a pint with friends this would make me very happy, and it's a fair price in this town.

The fish and chips was honestly cheap at Rs. 795. This is a good hunk of white fish, perfectly cooked and lightly breaded. Squeeze a bit of lemon, dip it in the tartar sauce and you're good to go. This is the best of British (sorry, Scottish) pub food and we enjoyed it. They also have a range of steak pies and other comfort grub on the menu, most of it below Rs. 1,000. Good value.

I'd also like to draw attention to the fries, they were fat and delicious. They tasted fresh-made, not store bought. A lot of times you can tell the quality of place by the attention they pay to the sides, condiments, etc. Here everything was on point, the fries, the slaw, the ketchup.

They also have Sri Lankan comfort food on the menu, but we'd recommend sticking to the pub fare. We tried the pork lamprais (Rs. 495) and - though they get points for having pork - the meat was dry, the rice needed to be cooked in stock more and the whole thing lacked the dance and balance of a good lamprais. Seeni sambol and blachan seemed to be mixed together and overall there was too much rice. A good lamprais is small and balanced and this just wasn't.

We also tried a Baked Alaska (Rs. 350), which wasn't great. The meringue was browned but not especially hot, so you didn't get the contrast with the cold ice cream inside. It also had a lot of sugar which wasn't quite dissolved, so it ended up way too sweet. I don't know why I keep ordering Baked Alaska. I had a good one once, years ago, but not since. It's like my dog, he sees a cat up a tree once and then he always looks up the same tree.

Beyond that, however, we can recommend the food. The seem to do hearty pub fare (like Cheers) quite well, and once they serve beer and spirits we think it'll be a lively place. The prices, also, are good value for money.

The Service

Early days, but the service we had was excellent. Everyone is smartly dressed, they knew the menu, were pro-active and also generally fun and nice. Water was refilled without us noticing, they brought finger bowls without asking (ribs can get messy), etc. The Manager also came over to see how we were doing. Little things, but important. Since it's a hotel (and run by a national chain, Citrus) they have a depth of talent and it shows.

We have yet to see how they'll cope with being busy, but they seem to have enough people to scale.

Conclusion

Once they get their liquor license, we think this place will do well. It's spacious, in a great area and the food is good. Most importantly, it's not that expensive. You can eat quite happily here for less than Rs. 1,000 and have some treats for below Rs. 2,000.

The area behind Dutch Hospital never quite took off, but we think this is a winning concept. Colombo doesn't have many pubs, and &Co is one that comes with history built in.


TIP

Stick to the pub food.

Address

45 Janadhipathi Mw, Colombo 1 (entrance on Hospital Ln)

Directions

Walk through Dutch Hospital, exit past Barefoot and Taphouse, and the hotel will be immediately on your left. From Chatham Street, you can turn down Hospital Lane. Parking is hit or miss. Honestly, take a cab.

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Cuisine

British Sri Lankan Pub Food

Price Range

More than Rs.1500

Dish Types

Meats Seafood Steak Pies Burgers Alcoholic

Ratings Breakdown

Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
4
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Shajeeth

My all time favorite joint for Fish & Chips. They are dope :)

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BaileyDar

Pretty good place with friendly staff. they have this buy one get one for free offer for mojitos. !! their Lamprise is delicious…

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Jay_Nicholas

My favorite pub in the city. The ambience is great, cocktails are good. The food, despite it being more pub fare, is superb. Their Nachos is an awesome item best shared, though if you really wanted to you could have it all to yourself. Their BBQ ribs are my personal favorite. Pricey, but fully worth it.

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5/5

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Shajeeth

My all time favorite joint for Fish & Chips. They are dope :)

B
6

4/5

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BaileyDar

Pretty good place with friendly staff. they have this buy one get one for free offer for mojitos. !! their Lamprise is delicious…

J
2

4/5

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Jay_Nicholas

My favorite pub in the city. The ambience is great, cocktails are good. The food, despite it being more pub fare, is superb. Their Nachos is an awesome item best shared, though if you really wanted to you could have it all to yourself. Their BBQ ribs are my personal favorite. Pricey, but fully worth it.

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